Pin­court sports are­na sale on again

Judge ques­tions mo­tives of le­gal chal­lenge

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The de­cade old sports com­plex pro­ject see­med to be hea­ding for a hap­py en­ding last year when Pin­court of­fi­cials si­gned a long-term lease and ser­vice agree­ment with mem­bers of Groupe Thi­bault, Rhéaume et As­so­ciés.

The Thi­bault team, which in­clu­ded pre­sident Jo­ce­lyn Thi­bault, Ste­phen Ca­ba­na and Be­noît Gou­let, said they would fi­nish the aban­do­ned buil­ding lo­ca­ted at the cor­ner of Fifth Ave. and Pin­court Blvd.

The group had ai­med for a Sept. 1, 2014 open-

The Pin­court are­na sale will go ahead and construc­tion on the pro­ject will re­sume.

he de­ci­sion was an­noun­ced ear­lier this month af­ter a Su­pe­rior Court judge re­jec­ted a bid to block the sale of the trou­bled are­na.

In her de­ci­sion, Su­pe­rior Court judge Da­nielle May­rand said the le­gal chal­lenge brought by a com­pa­ny ow­ned by NHL player Alex Bur­rows and Pin­court re­sident Paul Roy sought to block com­pe­ti­tion for their own Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Per­rot sports com­plex.

The chal­lenge was ba­sed on the be­lief the sale was ille­gal.

The town and the com­pa­ny for­med by Bur­rows and Roy, 8280959 Canada Inc., ter­mi­na­ted ne­go­tia­tions to have their com­pa­ny re­vive the long trou­bled sports com­plex in Pin­court in 2012.

Pin­court of­fi­cials re­lea­sed a sta­te­ment in Ja­nua­ry, 2013, ex­pres­sing “sur­prise” that an agree­ment in prin­ci­pal had been rea­ched with Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Per­rot and the group hea­ded by Bur­rows for the construc­tion of ano­ther sport com­plex in that town. ing date.

The more than $5-mil­lion sports com­plex was first sla­ted to be built in 2003 by a non-pro­fit cor­po­ra­tion which la­ter de­cla­red ban­krupt­cy and pul­led out al­to­ge­ther when buil­ding costs ex­cee­ded their ex­pec­ta­tions.

A long le­gal battle in­vol­ving the town, the contrac­tor, the bank and others en­ded when the Que­bec Su­pe­rior Court or­de­red the buil­ding sold and all pro­fits dis­per­sed to anyone owed mo­ney. With no one in­ter­es­ted in buying the qui­ck­ly de­te­rio­ra­ting buil­ding, the town even­tual­ly bought the land ins­tead.

Groupe Thi­bault feels the la­test le­gal de­ci­sion, which could be ap­pea­led, means the pro­ject was on the right track.

In the mean­time, construc­tion on the pro­ject, which was cea­sed in Fe­brua­ry af­ter a judge is­sued an in­junc­tion du­ring the le­gal chal­lenge, can go ahead.

What is clear is that the are­na ope­ning will be de­layed as a re­sult of the le­gal ac­tion.

Groupe Thi­bault had ho­ped to open the are­na in Sep­tem­ber, to coin­cide with the school year. The com­plex will work with area schools to of­fer Sport Etude pro­grams.

PHO­TO KRIS­TI­NA ED­SON

The la­test le­gal chal­lenge to block the sale and re­fur­bish­ment of the Pin­court Sports Com­plex was shot down. Construc­tion could re­sume soon.

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